The Z Files: My Top 20 Third Basemen
The Z Files: My Top 20 Third Basemen

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

In baseball parlance, third base is the hot corner. In fantasy baseball, it's best described as tepid. In fact, in terms of depth, third base is the weakest of the infield spots. It's saved by an unusual number of players eligible at other positions. There are some solid top-end performers, but the back end of the pool isn't as staunch as previous seasons.

As will be done as we move further into these rankings, players previously thumbnailed will be listed with a link to their discussion. The list will extend far enough so 20 fresh blurbs will be shared. As such, welcome to my top 28 third basemen.

28. Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies

By means of perspective, McMahon checks in as the 25th second baseman when everyone eligible at the position Is included. Last season was a pretty good baseline for him. A 29.7 percent strikeout rate caps his average, while Coors helps his power with 18 of his 24 long balls coming at altitude. McMahon is thought of as a platoon batter, but he's hit southpaws a tad better than right-handers over the past three seasons. Still, he isn't in line for regular playing time with Daniel Murphy and Garrett Hampson in the immediate picture and Brendan Rodgers looming. McMahon's extreme home splits are best suited for leagues with a deep enough reserve to slide someone else in for a week where the Rockies are on the road. He'll turn just 25 years old in early December so

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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